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A Wisconsin court commissioner on Monday placed a $ 2 million bail on Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, accused of murdering protesters in Kenosha, in his first trial in the state after being extradited from Illinois. last week.
Rittenhouse was accused of shooting and killing two protesters and injuring a third during the demonstration on August 25, after the Jacob Blake shooting, a black man was shot several times by Kenosha police. ly close and is now paralyzed.
The Illinois teenager, who will be tried as an adult in Wisconsin, faces five criminal charges with the murder of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz. Crimes include intentional first degree murder, first degree reckless murder and intentional first degree murder.
During the Zoom hearing on Monday, Rittenhouse’s lawyers argued that since he was accused of acting in self-defense and had no criminal record, the bail must be set at $ 750,000. But Court Commissioner Loren Keating rejected those arguments. He noted the national network of supporters that had supported Rittenhouse’s cause and said that he viewed him as a risk in flight.
“Consequently, the court will impose a $ 2 million cash sum, believing it is reasonable and necessary and sufficient at this time to warrant the arrival of Mr. Rittenhouse,” said Keating, Hill reported.
Rittenhouse faces life imprisonment if convicted.
The attorneys representing the Rosenbaum and Grosskreutz families, as well as Huber’s father, have both requested an even higher bail of $ 4 million.
John Huber said Rittenhouse, who allegedly killed his son with a single gunshot, “there are people there who will help him, militia organizations can raise money and harbor him.”
Give Send Go, a “Christian crowdfunding website”, raised nearly $ 550,000 to help cover Rittenhouse’s legal fees before the organizers said they were required to Stop accepting donations.
Attorney Kimberly Motley, who represents Grosskreutz, told NPR that “while we are arguing for a higher bail, we certainly respect the $ 2 million bail given by the court.”
“We believe that Mr. Rittenhouse has demonstrated that he is a person at considerable risk of flying and that he acted recklessly on my client, with whom he was severely injured, as well as the victim’s death. proves that he poses a significant risk to the public, “Motley added.
On the day of the shooting, Rittenhouse drove from his home in Antioch, Ill., To Kenosha about 20 minutes away, armed with an AR-15 type semi-automatic rifle with 30 rounds – one The prosecutor accused him of being too young. owned. Rittenhouse, the white man, told a reporter that he went to Kenosha as a member of a militia force protecting businesses from vandalism that erupted on the eve of the police shoot Blake.
The Daily Beast reported that when the protests were unraveled, Rittenhouse went down the streets of the city and swung his weapon. According to his lawyers, Rosenbaum approached Rittenhouse and intended to “have sex” with him. Rittenhouse ran away and Rosenbaum chased. Videos of the incident show Rosenbaum, who was unarmed, tossing a plastic bag at Rittenhouse, who responded by firing about five shots at the 36-year-old man.
When Rittenhouse ran away, Huber tried to stop him by hitting him with a skateboard. But the teenager was also charged with shooting him dead. Grosskreutz, who was also armed under the lawsuit, was shot shortly after approaching Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse tried to walk without injury and drove home by himself. He turned himself into a police officer and was arrested the next day.
On Friday, Rittenhouse was ordered extradition from Illinois to Wisconsin by Lake County judge Paul Novak.